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Downtown Neighborhood Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

September 3, 2008

The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Neighborhood Association took place at Harwood Arts Center, 1114 7th St. NW, Wednesday, September 3, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. pursuant to prior approval.

Board members in attendance: Robert Bello, Sue Byrch, Sandy Gregory, David Keleher, Jacque Wright, George Kraehe, Carol Giannini, Terry Brunner, Jennifer DeGarmo, Jim Clark, Laura Bruzzese, Ivan Alley, Bob Yuhas (13)

Other Neighbors present: Lindi Anderson, Jacqueline Guilbault, Gabe Campos, Cameron Crandall

Invited Guests: two APD officers and Robert Pierson of CABQ Zoning

Terry Brunner, having taken over the role as Board Chair, called the meeting to order.  A quorum was present, the meeting duly convened, and ready to proceed with business.  After introductions, a motion to approve the agenda was made with an amendment to the order of agenda items.  Motion to approve agenda was seconded, and passed unanimously.  Minutes from August meeting were approved as distributed.

Safety

One of the two APD officers announced that the attack plan targeting the Downtown areas of late, while highly successful, has drained resources and they will scale back significantly in these areas beginning 9/7/08.  There are inadequate funds for continued efforts such as the ones they have been making.

Membership

Jennifer DeGarmo, Chair of the Membership committee, recommended nomination of Gabe Campos to be added to the board.  He was nominated and seconded, as was Sue Diechsel.  Gabe was elected as the new board member to fill the vacancy.

The next agenda item was to elect a co-chair.  George K. and Laura B. were nominated.  With Laura declining, and George willing to fill the role, George was named co-chair.

Treasurer

Jim Clark reported that the DNA received donations from 3 movie producers. The Treasurer’s Report for August had not yet been completed.

Zoning

Robert Bello made the Zoning Committee report, stating that he had contacted the City and named himself as the contact person for zoning-related applications.  The application for variance to wall height at the Country Club Project has no significant impact, he said, and we should support it.  No opposition to this stance was raised.  Everyone on the board was also in favor of supporting NYPD Pizza’s desire to consolidate beer and wine licenses.  The Board then voted to write a letter regarding the property at 1005 5th St. NW expressing that the DNA normally opposes applications for Special Exceptions to the 50/50 residential office use ratio.  Robert Bello and others are planning to attend the facilitated meeting in order to learn of specifics in this case and will report to the board if the Special Exception has good justification.

Robert Pierson gave a presentation of some of the issues involved in reviewing applications for Special Exceptions and in enforcing Zoning ordinances.  One of the items he mentioned is that in order to act on a violation of the Zone Code, the following 3 steps must be taken:

    1. The City first needs to become aware of the suspected violation
    2. An inspector can then investigate the situation
    3. Enforcement may begin once the inspector finds that there is indeed a violation.

Mr. Pierson also stated that calling 311 is the best may to report a complaint.  Complaints may also be made on the City’s website.

New Business

In response to Anna Muller’s request that we dedicate $500 to the Downtown Growers’ Market, the Board voted to invite a DAT representative to discuss before we vote on making a donation.  Laura will invite Chris Goblet to the October meeting.

Ivan is aiming to produce a newsletter for November.  He wants topics to be determined by September 10, and the article submission deadline will be October 15.

Nathan Fox has resigned from the board.

Items for October meeting agenda:

Nomination/election of new board member

Tree Project Committee Report/Discussion

Sue Brych to present Sidewalk report

Discuss donation toward Halloween candy

With no remaining business to address, meeting adjourned shortly before 9:00.
David Keleher

Secretary